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What is IRC?

IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. IRC is a multi-user, multi-channel chat system that is used for online meetings. It gives people all over the world the ability to attend meetings in real time. Each user has a nickname and can converse with other users either in the #Recovery channel or in private.

To lead meetings and perform all the operator commands, you need to run an IRC program. There are a wide variety of IRC programs available. The best Windows based IRC client is mIRC and you can download it at http://www.mirc.com/get.html. The most popular Macintosh IRC client is Ircle and you can download it at http://www.ircle.com/download.html.

When using IRC, there are three basic syntax conventions that you need to remember.


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IRC Commands

Following is a quick reference guide for basic IRC commands. A full list of commands can be found at http://www.mirc.com/cmds.html. If the command you are after isn't included in the following table, just type /help {command} in IRC. If you are using Webtv, the commands are slightly different. A full list of Webtv commands can be found by typing /msg WebServ HELP.


COMMANDDESCRIPTION EXAMPLE
/join [#]To join a channel /join #Recovery
/leave [#]To leave a channel /leave #Recovery
/part [#] To leave a specified channel /part #Recovery
/quit (message) To quit IRC and send a message to the channel on quitting /quit Bye all!
/whois [nick] To get information on a nick in the channel /whois Jayne
/whowas [nick] To get information on a nick after the nick has left the channel or changed their nick /whowas Jayne
/names [#] To list all the names in the channel /names #Recovery
/msg [nick] [message] To send a private message (whisper) to a nick /msg Jayne Welcome to Recovery. Today's meeting topic is abstinence.
/omsg [#] [message] To send a private message to all ops in the channel /omsg #Recovery Hi ops!
/query [nick] To open a separate window for a private chat /query Jayne
/nick [new nick] To change your current nick /nick Jack
/me [describe action] To type text in action format. /me welcomes you to the meeting. which appears as *Jayne* welcomes you to the meeting.
/ignore [nick/host] To prevent someone from talking to you /ignore Jack
/kick [#] [nick] To kick a user from the channel. Note you need to have channel ops to perform this command /kick #Recovery Jack
/ban [#] [nick/host] To ban a user from the channel. Note, you need to have channel ops to perform this command /ban #Recovery Jack
/invite [nick] [#] To invite a user to a channel. /invite #Christian&Recovery Jack
/log [on/off] To set the logging of current window on or off /log on
/ping [#] To ping the channel and determine if servers are lagging. /ping #Recovery
/play {c:\path\filename.txt} [parameters] To play saved text or a script in the channel. /play c:\mirc\text\intro.txt 3000
/msg NickServ REGISTER [email addy] [password] To register your nick on StarChat. /msg NickServ REGISTER jaynesoon@txypg.com recovery
/msg NickServ ACTIVATE [code] To activate nickname registration on StarChat. /msg NickServ ACTIVATE 4586282
/msg NickServ ID [password] To identify your nick to StarChat. This is needed to activate ops and should be typed in the status window before you enter #Recovery. /msg NickServ ID recovery




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